UK Youth is a leading national youth charity committed to ensuring all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives. We know youth work is a critical mechanism for delivering this support, particularly for young people facing multiple challenges to getting on in life. Providing young people with safe community spaces, trusted adults and practical support to develop their skills and confidence is at the heart of youth work.
UK Youth is a leading national youth charity committed to ensuring all young people are equipped to thrive and empowered to contribute at every stage of their lives.
Since 2018, UK Youth and the Society for Advancement of the Black Arts have been working alongside Coca Cola EuroPacific Partners (formally European Partners) to empower young people with confidence, skills, and experience to help them feel workplace ready.
This year 4 volunteers have given over 36 hours to Reach Up, supporting 5 young people at Unity Extra Radio who are not in employment, education, or training (NEET), or at risk of becoming NEET.
Cate learnt much about herself during Reach Up including realising what strengths and skills she already had.
She likes to help others get the best out of themselves and lead others in achieving things together.
After Reach Up she wants to gain a Digital Marketing qualification and find work in a Digital Marketing role.
I've learnt many skills including CV Building, setting realistic goals and how to be organised.
Michael spoke confidently and with humour about his previous experiences of working, the challenges he faces in obtaining employment, and his aspirations for the future.
The session gave him space to explore and voice the elements of work he enjoys and values, enabling him to consider the types of employment which would be a good fit for him and the steps he might take to get there.
Reach Up was set up to equip young people with employability skills, build confidence and increase levels of work readiness in order to help them thrive in their future lives.
When UK Youth and Unity Extra planned 2021 delivery there had already been a 17% increase in unemployment compared to the pre-pandemic quarter (Dec-Feb 2019).
The statistic painted a stark picture for young people in the immediate future and demonstrated the continued need for young people in Tottenham.